- Playing Field
Smooth surfaces are preferred since the attraction of the magnets are more unpredictable. Alternatively you can experiment with clothed or carped surfaces to add more friction to the magnets.
Basically any kind of string, rope or wire can be used as playing field. Alternatively, even a USB cable could be used to create a playing field. We encourage for players to experiment with what they have available as playing field e.g. a small table by itself could also be sufficient.
Note: Some playing field do not work specifically with Smartek blocks since their attraction in these cases is not sufficient.
Any bi-colour Smartek block have 6 unique faces which could be used to alter the odds during the game. When 2 or more blocks attract each other they will connect thru their faces. There are basically two options when two blocks are connected, either their faces are equal or they are not.
Alternatively when during the game the blocks connected are face non-equal the game continues as it was. If the faces are equal and match the player can keep these two (or more) blocks connected. Meaning that in his next turn he can place the complete set of blocks instead of just placing one block.
With any box of 19 playing with 2-4 players there are always blocks remaining, which we will call mines:
- 2 players - 9 blocks each - 1 mine left
- 3 players - 6 blocks each - 1 mine left
- 4 players - 4 blocks each - 3 mines left
Alternatively, mine(s) could be placed in the playing field prior to the start of the game in order to start the game with some more difficulty.
Any Smartek box is designed to hold 19 Smartek blocks inside the box. It was also designed to place 1 to 8 Smartek blocks in the corner of the box.
Alternatively some blocks can be placed inside the box and the box can be placed within the playing field. Spinning the box can be used to alter the location of some hidden blocks inside the box.
If during play the blocks placed attract to the box, the player needs to take the attracted blocks leaving the box inside the playing field.
Furthermore, the box can also be used as a playing field and blocks can be placed on top of the box.